By Lynne Beauchamp, firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Dexter council members unanimously approved a change in the Dexter City election dates to the even-year cycle. Council member Ray Tell was absent for the vote.
According to Dexter City documents, prior to cityhood, the Village of Dexter held even-year elections. Per a letter council members received from the former charter commission members, “there was discussion and consideration given to continuing the practice of even-year elections into cityhood, but Michigan State Law prevented the commission from including this in the Charter.” The city documents went on to say that though the commission was not permitted to place city council elections on the even-year ballot, in 2011 the state legislature approved a bill that would allow cities to implement even-year elections by resolution of the city council.
April 9, 2018, Dexter City Council held a public hearing during its regular council meeting to discuss the change. After hearing no opposition, but some discussion to the change in election year, council moved forward on April 23 during a regular council meeting to adopt, by resolution, to change the city election dates.
“It was recommended by our former charter commission members,” said Dexter City Mayor Shawn Keough of the change, adding that the data supports more of a voter turnout during even-year elections.
By changing to even-year elections, some council members’ terms increased by one year.
“Because we can’t shorten an elected term per state law,” explained Council member Zach Michels.